2 hr 37 min | Action - Thriller | 05-10-2022
Cast - Chiranjeevi, Nayanthara, Sathya Dev, Murli Sharma, Sunil, Salman Khan & others
Director - Mohan Raja
Producer - RB Choudary, Ram Charan, Prasad NV
Banner - Super Good Films, Konidela Production Company
Music - S Thaman
Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Godfather is the official remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Lucifer, starring Mohanlal and Prithviraj. The trailer of Godfather garnered a decent response. The starcast of Godfather is interesting with the very talented Nayanthara and Sathya Dev joining Chiru for this political action drama. Today, the movie was released in theaters. Here is the review.
What Is It About?
Chief Minister PK Ramadas’s (Sarvadaman Banerjee) sudden demise creates chaos in state politics. Home Minister Varma (Murli Sharma) and PKR’s son-in-law Jayadev (Sathyadev) plot on becoming the CM of the state in their ways. Brahma (Chiranjeevi) who was the right hand and great supporter of PKR stands against them both. Satya Priya (Nayanthara) hates Brahma for a reason. What is the rivalry between Sathya and Brahma? How Brahma saves the state and family from the wrong people? The answers to these questions are all about Godfather.
There is always something missing in Chiranjeevi’s roles since his comeback with Khaidi no 150. Now in Godfather, Chiru’s role appears complete and well arranged. Chiranjeevi gives a subtle performance and is precise for the role of Godfather. So far, we have seen Chiru dominating the show when he is onscreen, but with Godfather he keeps content and brings it up at the right moments.
Nayanthara performed well and is apt for the role. Her role is orderly and she did what is needed. She will be mostly passive in the first half, and her presence is better felt in the second half.
Sathyadev is a good choice for the role of Jayadev. Sathyadev is a performer and he gives his best as a baddie. The director’s choice to go for Sathyadev instead of a Bollywood villain is perfect.
Sunil, Shafi, Brahmaji, Murli Sharma and Anasuya were apt in their roles. Puri Jagannath appears in a crucial role as a gutsy investigative journalist. He is fine in his role.
Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan elevated the scenes to bigger levels with his presence. Salman’s role is brief and also not important. But Salman doing the role enthralls the masses, particularly when both of them were in one frame doing all the action parts.
Godfather is a political action drama. So writing is expected to be more thrilling with political and elevation punches. Godfather does not have many enticing dialogues. Most of the writing is from the original. Thaman’s background score is loud but it helped elevate many scenes. The cinematography is good. The screenplay is fine.
Sathya Dev & Nayanthara
Few Lengthy scenes
There were many doubts about why Chiranjeevi is keen on remaking the political action thriller Lucifer. But Godfather is an honest remake with some changes that did not spoil the essence of the original. The director Mohan Raja adapted the movie for the Telugu nativity and made it a bit more engaging.
The director kept the original plot intact with balanced elevations in regular intervals. There are a few twists that thrill the audience and there are some stretchy scenes as well. The first half engages with the smooth run and characters scheming against each other. Salman Khan’s appearance during the interval gives a high
We have seen the political ploy with MLAs shifting bases. Godfather also has similar episodes but the story slowly starts focusing on the confrontation between the protagonist and the antagonist in the second half. Some prison episodes and action sequences entertain the masses.
The latter part of the second half takes the route of routine mass drama with a kidnap rescue episode. The climax part is not any different from the usual fight sequence with lots of guns and bullets.
An item song followed by a rain of bullets, spilling blood, and fire in slow motion leaves us a feeling of action dominating the mature thrill that the movie so far carried. The fans might be missing Chiru getting into a muscle fight in the end, but Salman does that for him to keep the Godfather’s weightage.
Overall, Godfather is a neat remake with relevant changes. For those who already watched Lucifer, Godfather will be a decent remake, and for those who have not watched the original, this will be an entertaining watch.
Bottomline: Boss Is Back